Weekly Weight: 217.8 lbs

The Scale February 26th, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the weekly weigh in.  I won’t lie I was somewhat nervous stepping on the scale this morning.  This week there was Pizza and wings and I full expected to have gained.  The fact that I lost a little makes me happy.  It also means that I am on track with my exercises.  I managed a walk each day this week and with the exception of Wednesday morning where the grease monster took over my belly, I managed to do my short list of exercises each day.  Four out of five days isn’t bad.  Next week I am trying for five days straight. 

This week as things are moving along a little easier I will be keeping more or less the same schedule as before, adding in the Wii when I can, and getting into the habit of doing those few set exercises every day.  I know this plan does make the weekly workouts posted a little on the boring side, but I don’t really need my workout plan to be exciting.  I need oit to be something consistent that I can incorporate into my daily habits.  Once that is done, I’ll increase them a little at a time.

At the moment the strength in doing a small workout each day is that it takes so little time and is really easy to add in. I think increasing it slowly is the way to go, at least for me. At least that is my plan.  I’m sure at some point my plan will change, because it so often does, but as long as I keep moving and keep my calories in check I don’t think that matters.  I’m not training for a marathon or racing towards a goal. So taking my weight down in short little nibbles without getting discouraged enough to quit all together is where my goals lie.  As long as I never actually stop, I can go as slow as I want.  And even though I had a speed bump this week, I still managed to make the numbers go down a little. So that counts for something.

And yes the slow and steady does make me feel like a turtle.  Personally, I’m okay t=with that.  I like turtles.

So to the stats…

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week: 218.2 lbs

This week: 217.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Lost in total thus far: 28.2 lbs

So it may not be much weight lost this week but I am going to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I have my meal plan in place and my baby doll and I have discussed why maybe a small container of candy or pretzels might be a better rotten day treat than a giant pizza and a boat load of wings.  Mostly because the sodium sky rocketed his blood pressure so his body rejected it more than mine did. I’d be happier if reason made more of an impact, but I will take it.  Especially now that his blood pressure is back under control. I will always love pizza and wings, but I think next time, I will bake the wings myself and mix up my own pizza dough.  I actually have recipes I like for both so it isn’t like we are excluding them from our lives.  I just can’t have them ready for pick up in fifteen minutes when my baby has an impulse.  They require planning. But they also allow me a little more control. Even if I am the turtle, control is good.

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Workout Plan: Week 3

This week’s work out plan is a little simpler than the last few weeks. What I want to try is a daily schedule. The goal is to build a routine. I generally find that once I make something a habit that I don’t have to think about it is harder to talk myself out of doing something. I had that with the gym, so this is my attempt to Below is this week’s plan.

Walking 45 minutes: Daily (weather permitting – We are expecting a lot of rain in our area this week so it might not amount to much)

Wii Fit Workout: 30 minutes per day on days when I can’t walk due to inclement weather

Daily exercises this week:

30 squats

50 crunches

20 lunges per leg

20 side punches each side

10 Pushups

I figure five basic exercises that I don’t have to think about and can easily count might be the best way to build the daily habit. In all honesty the only one I am concerned about is the push ups. I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually did an actual push up. I’ll have to keep you posted on how that turns out. But that will be in my daily posts this week.

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Weekly Weight: 218.2 lbs

The Scale: February 19th, 2021

Oh, the best laid plans.  As you may remember my plan this week was to stay the course and repeat my weekly work out from the week before.  I figured that as Valentine’s day treats mostly sabotaged them, I could actually see the work out in full this week. 

While I did manage to get in all three of my morning workouts,  the walks were less successful. I was rained out, snowed out and had to assist with an automotive break down when I tried for indoor calorie burning with the Wii Fit. At the moment all of our appliances, both those used inside the house and without, are behaving.  And the Wii Fit balance board has an entirely new set of batteries. So I think next week, since the weather still looks a bit on the uneven side, I am going to plan to use my Wii Fit and then if the skies clear and the walking trail drains, go for a walk.  As in my area the weather is always unsettled in February through March I may be expanding my use of the Wii Fit. We’ll see how it works with calorie burning next week as a test.

With everything going on this week, I did not lose the pound I planned to lose.  I didn’t even come close.  I also had a Holiday lunch out on Monday and when  car trouble happened, we ended up having both lunch and dinner out as well. So while most days I did well with my calories, there were some slip ups. 

Quite frankly having any loss was a bit of a pleasant surprise this week. I am hoping to get myself back in gear.  Life keeps intervening so I’m not planning on anything but attempting to maintain my system of workouts.  After all the only way forward is just to keep going.  I’m shifting course because of the weather and dreaming of the day that I can once again comfortable go to the gym, but for now, I will try to add more in door calorie burning workouts to my slate so I can still burn calories even when the weather isn’t letting me walk.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 218.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.8 lbs

So not a major loss this week, but not a gain.  A need for a new indoor work out plan arises and I will post my upcoming plan for the week on Sunday.  Until then I am just going to keep moving.


The Daily: February 15th, 2021

Have you ever done something before you thought it through and then as soon as you did it, realize it was kind of dumb? This morning I posted about my February Look Fantastic box. On Friday, when it arrived I realized that I wanted to sign up for an annual subscription instead of a Month to Month one. It is $16 instead of $19 so I save a few dollars and it is a box that I’m going to keep around, so i don’t mind signing up for a year.

when I went onto the Look Fantastic site and went to my account I couldn’t find any way to switch from one to the other so I sent a message to their customer service. They very quickly got back to me. Apparently you can’t just switch, you have to cancel your subscription and then sign up for the anual one. In case you are looking at the same thing.

Which I did.

And then I realized that by doing so right away I would be getting a second February box.

I don’t mind as it was a really good box and I actually am pretty pleased about getting a second box of those reusable rounds. I tried them out and really like them so an extra set is helpful. I just feel kind of dumb for not realizing it. So if you are thinking of switching from a month to month to an annual, you might want to keep that in mind. Also if you are interested, the February Look Fantastic Box is clearly still available.

See you can learn from my mistake.

Although I have to say if there was one box I was going to get two of, this is kind of the one I would want. Maybe I could pretend it was intentional? Yeah, intentional. So lets just keep this between ourselves okay?

Right.

As today is a holiday (president’s day) my babydoll is home. He ran out and got lunch which was absolutely delightful. And he was so very proud that he managed to remember my favorite sandwich from the shop even though we haven’t been there in over a year. It completely blew my calorie count out of the water, but I couldn’t be mad. The idea was sweet and the food fantastic. I’m having a light dinner tonight to try and balance the scales a little bit and have my fingers crossed that the flood waters will drain out of the park and I will be able to walk later on. I managed to do my exercises this morning which was nice but that is more toning than calorie burning so again I am hoping the flood waters recede. They have been going down today though since the rain stopped yesterday. Tomorrow might be a two walk day to make up for the lack of walk earlier. Otherwise it is a pretty quiet day here. I hope everyone out there is having a good day as well.


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Week 2 Workout

Since last week was more or less torpedoed by Valentine’s day goodies, I am keeping the same work out schedule as last week in order to see it’s effectiveness without the extra sugar. Next week I’ll shake it up a but, but this week is the same as last so…

This week’s workouts include:

 A 45 minute walk each day (weather permitting).

And the following exercises on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The workout totals approximately 15 minutes.  The equipment I used was a Yoga mat, set of five pound dumbbells and a five pound medicine ball.

If you have dumbbells but no medicine ball, just use one of your dumbbells in place of the medicine ball and if you have no dumbbells try substituting bottles of water. Just make sure they are securely closed.

Consult your physician before starting any workout.

Week 2 Workout

Small Arm Circles Forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arms as though you were drawing small circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Small arm circles backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

Large arm circles forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arm as though you were drawing large circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Large Arm circles backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

(All of the arm circles combined take approximately 30 seconds. Every other exercise is 30 seconds on it’s own)

March in Place

March in place for 30 seconds, be sure to lift those knees high.

Twisted Knee Slap

While still marching, with each step twist your upper body so that you can touch your knee as you step, right hand to left knee, left hand to right knee. keep it up for 30 seconds

Forward Kick

While marching in place, with each step kick forward instead of just lifting your knee. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Backward Kick

While marching in place, kick backwards with every step instead of just lifting your knee. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Side Punches

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart use your right hand to punch to the left, then switch and use your left arm to punch to the right. Continue punching to the sides, alternating sides with each punch. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Upward Punches

Stand with your fee shoulder width apart and punch upward first with your right hand stretching the right side of your body.  Lower our right hand and punch upward with your left hand, repeat , alternating sides for thirty seconds.

Behind the Head Drops

Take a medicine ball (I prefer the 5 lbs one for this) in both hands.  Lift the ball above your head.  Then arms bending at the elbows, lower the ball behind your head. Lift up again and repeat for thirty seconds.

Up Lifts

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart hold a medicine ball  with both hands at chest level with arms straight out from your body. Without bending your arms. lift it above your head, arms going straight up. Keep your elbows soft. Lower the ball back in front of you. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Crunches

Lie on your back on the floor with your knees pulled in and your feet flat on the floor.  Put your hands behind your head for support. Lift your upper body off the floor using your abs (be sure not to tug on your neck) then lower yourself back down to the floor, repeat for 30 seconds.

Left Leg Lift

Lie on the floor on your right side, hand supporting your head.  Keeping your left leg straight, lift it into the air and then lower it down again.

Right Under Leg Lift

Stay in position from your left leg lift, but shift your left leg forward so that it is 90 degrees from your body.  Lift your right leg (still underneath you) up in small pulses for thirty seconds (works your inner thighs.  Don’t worry about getting it to high up, just a little way off the ground will do.)

Right Leg Lift

Roll over sot that you are on your left side, hand supporting your head.  Keeping your right leg straight, lift it into the air and then lower it down again.

Left Under Leg Lift

Stay in position from your right leg lift, but shift your right leg forward so that it is 90 degrees from your body.  Lift your left leg up in small pulses for thirty seconds

Cat Pose

Position yourself on all fours.  Arch your back as though trying to touch your spine to the ceiling.  Then lower your arch and lift your shoulders and head up and back to stretch out your body, repeat for thirty seconds.

Donkey Kick Left

While still on all fours keep your back flat. Lift your left knee off the ground.  Bring it into your body and then slowly extend it out behind you stretching as far as you can before bringing it in, repeat for thirty seconds.

Donkey Kick Right

While still on all fours keep your back flat. Lift your right knee off the ground.  Bring it into your body and then slowly extend it out behind you stretching as far as you can before bringing it in, repeat for thirty seconds.

Left Side Lunges

Standing upright, take a step forward with your left foot.  Put your weight on your left foot and slowly lower yourself as low as you can go without over balancing.  Return to standing and then repeat for thirty seconds.

Right Side Lunges

Standing upright, take a step forward with your right foot.  Put your weight on your right foot and slowly lower yourself as low as you can go without over balancing.  Return to standing and then repeat for thirty seconds.

Left Side Lifts

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, grip the medicine ball in both hands.  Hold the ball down by your left hip. Keeping your arms as straight as possible.  Lift your arms, moving them towards the front and continue upwards on a diagonal until you are holding the medicine ball above your right shoulder with your arms remaining as straight as possible.  Lower the ball back to your left hip and repeat for thirty seconds.

Right Side Lifts

This is essentially the exact same exercise but starting with the weight over your right hip and ending with the medicine ball over your left shoulder.  When working out your upper body it is important to remember to treat the left and right in the exact same way.

Side Arm Lifts

I tend to do these with a dumbbell rather than a medicine ball as I find it easier to grip.  Standing with feet shoulder width apart take a weight in each hand letting your arms hang by your side.  Keeping your arms straight, lift your arms up to your shoulder height.  Count to three and then lower them again.  Repeat for thirty seconds.

Squats

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart bend your knees to lower your body down into a sitting position and then stand up, repeat for thirty seconds.

Left Cross Over Sweep

Take a weight in your left hand, 3-5 lbs dumbbell,  Hold your left arm out to your side at shoulder height.  Keeping your arm straight bring your arm forward and across your body in a slow sweep so that your hand is as close to your right shoulder as possible.  Count to three and then bring it back to the left.  Repeat for thirty seconds

Right Cross Over Sweep

This is essentially the same as the left crossover sweep, but done with the right hand.  Take a weight in your right hand and with your arm extended at shoulder height bring your arm across your body getting your right hand as close to your left shoulder as possible. Count to three and then slowly sweep your arm back to the right. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Squats

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart bend your knees to lower your body down into a sitting position and then stand up, repeat for thirty seconds. And yes this is a second set of squats I didn’t actually repeat myself, you do this twice this week.

Bicep Curl

Grasp a weight (I use the neoprene dumbbells for this one) in each hand and with your hands facing upwards, hold them out at right angles to your body.  Lift them up to your chest.  Count to three and lower them again. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Arm Rows

With a dumbbell in each hand and your feet shoulder width apart, lean slightly forward keeping your back straight. Bend your arms at the elbows bringing the weights up, then lower them and push backwards so that your arms are extended out behind you (don’t lock your elbows) repeat for thirty seconds.

March in Place

March in place for 30 seconds, be sure to lift those knees high.

Small Arm Circles Forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arms as though you were drawing small circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Small Arm Circles Backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

Large Arm Circles Forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arm as though you were drawing large circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Large Arm Circles Backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

And you my darlings are done. Cool down drink water and congratulate yourself on fifteen minutes of home fitness.

And that is this week’s workout plan. We’ll see on Friday how effective it ends up being. But for now I am off to enjoy Valentine’s Day with my baby doll. I hope you have a fabulous day yourselves.

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Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The Scale: February 12th, 2021

No you aren’t seeing a typo.  My weight remained exactly the same this week as it did last week.  I did the exercises that I needed to do (with the exception of yesterday’s rain, and I kept my meal plan. 

I think the difference is in the extra valentine’s treats.  There was chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, and caramel in the house.  In addition there were goodies sent from two separate mothers making up for a year of long distance holidays.  I did a fairly good job avoiding most of the items, but there were just a few temptations that called to me.  

That’s right, I’m blaming the peanut butter fudge. 

It is sweet, it is salty and since I don’t make fudge it is rare that we have it in the house.  And it is so good.   

But a lot of the treats were sent to my babydoll’s work and a bunch more were put into the freezer to be portioned out slowly.  But it does mean that despite my meal planning extra calories crept in this week.  I am glad that since I put in the work, I at least managed to stay on an even plane instead of gaining.  For this week, I think that might just be considered a victory.

Or at least I am calling it a victory.

Tonight we have the small indulgence of Happy Hour and then on Sunday we will be having Chateaubriand. My baby requested it.  Apparently the Beef Wellington of New Years got him thinking about other fancy meat dishes he wants for special occasions.  And he had to be thinking about it for a while too.  When I asked him if there was anything special he wanted for valentine’s day, he didn’t dither.  Usually when I ask about a meal he has to think about it a while.  This time. I asked and Chateaubriand popped out of his mouth like a cork from an overly shaken bottle of champagne.

And so that is what we will be having. 

I may try to add in a couple of extra walks next week to try and balance things out.

But first this week’s stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 218.4 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So no loses this week due to the influx of sweets, but at least there were no gains.  It is slightly disappointing, but it is nice to know I at least managed to hold my own. That is something I can be proud of.

The Daily: February 9th, 2021

Today is another bright and sunny day and I have to say the temperatures aren’t that bad either. All of which means I actually got my walk in and I didn’t arrive home feeling like my ears were frozen and likely to snap off my head with the slightest tap. All in all not to bad for me.

I managed to get in my walk and I had a bowl of Shin Ramen for lunch. I tend to use the shin ramen ad a once in a blue moon treat because of the very high sodium content and because when you actually look at the package, one container of ramen is actually two servings. That always irritates me. When you make packaged ramen you ae clearly going to make the package of ramen. I can sort of see breaking the disk of noodles in half, but the packets of dried veg and soup base aren’t split in two. And it isn’t like you can make it, eat half and store the rest for later.

I know they do it so that if you just glance at the label it looks less caloric and more nutritious, but it is one of those label issues that really annoys me.

So I only eat them once in a while. Partially because of the annoyance and partially because of the extra calories. It is more calories then I generally like at lunch. but today I am going to have a late and light dinner. I have a bunch of calls, a couple of which aren’t in my timezone so today is going to be a little off schedule for me. It’s why I’m posting this daily post a little early today. So the heavier lunch will have to carry me through. between it and the bottle of Soda Stream Water I have on my desk, I’m hoping to avoid snacking.

For me that is the real danger of the late dinner. Snacking to make up for the lateness. I figured if I went a little heavier at lunch time I could avoid the snacks and if I go with a light dinner possibly avoid the I ate too much too late belly ache. Well it’ isn’t so much a belly ache but I don’t ever sleep well on a full belly so tonight’s dinner is a light salad. Hopefully it will balance out in the end.

So this morning there was a walk but no workout. Tomorrow I have both a walk and a workout scheduled. If I sty on track with the workouts, I am pretty sure I can get my calories back on track as well. I just need to avoid the box of homemade goodies no sitting in the living room and I will be good to go.


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Week 1 Workout Plan

In the future I will be posting this on Sundays, I just forgot this weekend with all of the upheaval from painting.  You wouldn’t think painting one room would cause so much confusion, but it did. However we are back on track.

This week’s workouts include:

 A 45 minute walk each day (weather permitting).

And the following exercises on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The workout totals approximately 15 minutes.  The equipment I used was a Yoga mat, set of five pound dumbbells and a five pound medicine ball and a timer. I use one that shows seconds as well as minutes as it counts down as all of my exercises are about 30 seconds long. All of the exercises where I used equipment I put links to exactly what I used.

If you have dumbbells, but no medicine ball, just use one of your dumbbells in place of the medicine ball and if you have no dumbbells try substituting bottles of water. Just make sure they are securely closed. Most of these exercises are done with no equipment at all.

Consult your physician before starting any workout.


Week 1 Workout

Small Arm Circles Forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arms as though you were drawing small circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Small arm circles backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

Large arm circles forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arm as though you were drawing large circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Large Arm circles backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

(All of the arm circles combined take approximately 30 seconds. Every other exercise is 30 seconds on it’s own)

March in Place

March in place for 30 seconds, be sure to lift those knees high.

Twisted Knee Slap

While still marching, with each step twist your upper body so that you can touch your knee as you step, right hand to left knee, left hand to right knee. keep it up for 30 seconds

Forward Kick

While marching in place, with each step kick forward instead of just lifting your knee. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Backward Kick

While marching in place, kick backwards with every step instead of just lifting your knee. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Side Punches

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart use your right hand to punch to the left, then switch and use your left arm to punch to the right. Continue punching to the sides, alternating sides with each punch. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Upward Punches

Stand with your fee shoulder width apart and punch upward first with your right hand stretching the right side of your body.  Lower our right hand and punch upward with your left hand, repeat , alternating sides for thirty seconds.

Behind the Head Drops

Take a medicine ball (I prefer the 5 lbs one for this) in both hands.  Lift the ball above your head.  Then arms bending at the elbows, lower the ball behind your head. Lift up again and repeat for thirty seconds.

Up Lifts

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart hold a medicine ball  with both hands at chest level with arms straight out from your body. Without bending your arms. lift it above your head, arms going straight up. Keep your elbows soft. Lower the ball back in front of you. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Crunches

Lie on your back on the floor with your knees pulled in and your feet flat on the floor.  Put your hands behind your head for support. Lift your upper body off the floor using your abs (be sure not to tug on your neck) then lower yourself back down to the floor, repeat for 30 seconds.

Left Leg Lift

Lie on the floor on your right side, hand supporting your head.  Keeping your left leg straight, lift it into the air and then lower it down again.

Right Under Leg Lift

Stay in position from your left leg lift, but shift your left leg forward so that it is 90 degrees from your body.  Lift your right leg (still underneath you) up in small pulses for thirty seconds (works your inner thighs.  Don’t worry about getting it to high up, just a little way off the ground will do.)

Right Leg Lift

Roll over sot that you are on your left side, hand supporting your head.  Keeping your right leg straight, lift it into the air and then lower it down again.

Left Under Leg Lift

Stay in position from your right leg lift, but shift your right leg forward so that it is 90 degrees from your body.  Lift your left leg up in small pulses for thirty seconds

Cat Pose

Position yourself on all fours.  Arch your back as though trying to touch your spine to the ceiling.  Then lower your arch and lift your shoulders and head up and back to stretch out your body, repeat for thirty seconds.

Donkey Kick Left

While still on all fours keep your back flat. Lift your left knee off the ground.  Bring it into your body and then slowly extend it out behind you stretching as far as you can before bringing it in, repeat for thirty seconds.

Donkey Kick Right

While still on all fours keep your back flat. Lift your right knee off the ground.  Bring it into your body and then slowly extend it out behind you stretching as far as you can before bringing it in, repeat for thirty seconds.

Left Side Lunges

Standing upright, take a step forward with your left foot.  Put your weight on your left foot and slowly lower yourself as low as you can go without over balancing.  Return to standing and then repeat for thirty seconds.

Right Side Lunges

Standing upright, take a step forward with your right foot.  Put your weight on your right foot and slowly lower yourself as low as you can go without over balancing.  Return to standing and then repeat for thirty seconds.

Left Side Lifts

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, grip the medicine ball in both hands.  Hold the ball down by your left hip. Keeping your arms as straight as possible.  Lift your arms, moving them towards the front and continue upwards on a diagonal until you are holding the medicine ball above your right shoulder with your arms remaining as straight as possible.  Lower the ball back to your left hip and repeat for thirty seconds.

Right Side Lifts

This is essentially the exact same exercise but starting with the weight over your right hip and ending with the medicine ball over your left shoulder.  When working out your upper body it is important to remember to treat the left and right in the exact same way.

Side Arm Lifts

I tend to do these with a dumbbell rather than a medicine ball as I find it easier to grip.  Standing with feet shoulder width apart take a weight in each hand letting your arms hang by your side.  Keeping your arms straight, lift your arms up to your shoulder height.  Count to three and then lower them again.  Repeat for thirty seconds.

Squats

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart bend your knees to lower your body down into a sitting position and then stand up, repeat for thirty seconds.

Left Cross Over Sweep

Take a weight in your left hand, 3-5 lbs dumbbell,  Hold your left arm out to your side at shoulder height.  Keeping your arm straight bring your arm forward and across your body in a slow sweep so that your hand is as close to your right shoulder as possible.  Count to three and then bring it back to the left.  Repeat for thirty seconds

Right Cross Over Sweep

This is essentially the same as the left crossover sweep, but done with the right hand.  Take a weight in your right hand and with your arm extended at shoulder height bring your arm across your body getting your right hand as close to your left shoulder as possible. Count to three and then slowly sweep your arm back to the right. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Squats

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart bend your knees to lower your body down into a sitting position and then stand up, repeat for thirty seconds. And yes this is a second set of squats I didn’t actually repeat myself, you do this twice this week.

Bicep Curl

Grasp a weight (I use the neoprene dumbbells for this one) in each hand and with your hands facing upwards, hold them out at right angles to your body.  Lift them up to your chest.  Count to three and lower them again. Repeat for thirty seconds.

Arm Rows

With a dumbbell in each hand and your feet shoulder width apart, lean slightly forward keeping your back straight. Bend your arms at the elbows bringing the weights up, then lower them and push backwards so that your arms are extended out behind you (don’t lock your elbows) repeat for thirty seconds.

March in Place

March in place for 30 seconds, be sure to lift those knees high.

Small Arm Circles Forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arms as though you were drawing small circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Small Arm Circles Backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

Large Arm Circles Forward – 10 count

Stick your arms out to the side and rotate your arm as though you were drawing large circles with your fingers against the walls. Go forward for ten circles

Large Arm Circles Backwards – 10 count

Same movement as above just reverse the direction of your circles moving counter clockwise instead of clockwise.

And you my darlings are done. Cool down drink water and congratulate yourself on fifteen minutes of home fitness.


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Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The scale: February 5th, 2021

I have to say this week I was rather relieved when I stepped on the scale.  The weather, for the most part, was not good this week.  We had a couple of sunny days but they were pretty cold and had the sort of wind that steals your breath away and makes you feel vaguely ill.

In addition, this week I just couldn’t face a bright and cheery workout instructor so I just made up my own workouts and got twenty minutes in on the mornings I could.  While my loss is less than the pound I would like lost each week, I am okay with it.  And yes I know I whined all over the place last week when I lost less than the pound I wanted, but I feel less like whining this week. 

I think part of it is that my schedule is finally starting to level out in general.  Normality, or my personal version of it, is being restored.  And I feel much better for it.  I had a couple of projects I was pulled into that just morphed into time sucking behemoths. And everything else in my world got jumbled because of them.

But now they are through and I have to say I will be thinking long and hard before I think about taking another commission from that particular company. But for now, all is well.  My stress level has decreased and despite a shorter amount of time walking this week and striking out on my own with my workouts, I managed to actually lose a little weight. And every sliver helps. Because little slivers add up to big ones. 

And that is how progress is made. At least in my case.  And this weekend I will be pulling together my next week’s workouts.  I will post my plan on Sunday and then we’ll see how well I managed to stick to it during my daily postings. 

At least that is the plan anyway.

For now, The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So even though the loss wasn’t massive, my mindset is better.  My brain isn’t rattling around in my head and I feel pretty good about my week in general. And this weekend I finally get to paint my bedroom. Truthfully, I can’t really ask for more.  Well I suppose I could, but I don’t want to be greedy.  A good week and less stress is plenty for me right now.


The Daily: February 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings! The sun is shining and it is bone achingly cold, but i am over all having a good day. This morning I got up early enough to get in my morning workout without a problem and sometime in the night something cleared (or popped as he puts it) in my babydoll’s sinuses so he felt much better today and not like he wanted to curl up in a ball and drwon himself in buckets of tea.

Which made my day roll much more smoothly. I know I haven’t been posting which workouts I am doing but the truth is I’ve sort of started making them up on my own. I’ve just been making a list of workouts that will target what i want to work on that day and then setting a timer rather than doing an established workout. I started setting the workouts up on Sundays so the week doesn’t catch me off guard. To stay on track I’ll post the upcoming week’s schedule on Sunday in case anyone wants to follow along.

Oh and speaking of extra posts, I will be adding more Valentine’s day themed posts along with the regular ones as everyone starts getting ready for the 14th. I’ll still be doing my regular posts, just adding those in as well.

Over all it has been a pretty quiet day. I got my workout in this morning and I’ve managed to keep my calories in check today. In a few minutes I am going to bundle up and go for my afternoon walk and then tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I don’t go overboard on the rice or soy sauce i should be fine. And I get yummy yummy salmon. Over all, a pretty good day for Mimsy. I hope your Wednesday is going just as well. And now my darlings I am off to brave the cold for my walk. I figure it is the warmest part of the day and I have a short window before the sun sinks low enough for the temperatures to drop (and more importantly the wind rise) to get a walk in. Wish me luck.